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Question 10 (b)  

Upon the first snow fall of the year, your friends in Ontario always place a metre stick in their yard so they can measure how much snow they get throughout the winter. Their measurements for last year’s snow during the month of December are shown in the table below.
(b) Your friends also tell you that right after making their measurement on December 1st, they were hit by a huge snow storm followed by a few days of uncharacteristically warm weather. How does this extra information change your answer to part(a)? Justify your answer. 
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Hint 

Again apply IVT for the intervals close to the first day. How many times does the snow amount get to 20 cm when there is a decrease and an increase in the temperature? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The extra information implies that right after Dec 1 because of the huge snow storm the amount of snow will rise above cm, so again by IVT there is a day right after 1st day such that . Moreover, since the temperature would rise dramatically due to the warm weather, the snow height will go down below cm, this means that there is another th day with . Therefore, there would be two more days close to Dec 1 at which the snow height is cm. Taking into account part (a), with this extra information, there would be at least days with the height of snow equal to 20 cm. 